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FINGER-WEEDING NEWLY-EMERGED ORGANIC MAINE CERTIFIED SEED POTATOES ON WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM. Thirty years ago we bo


FINGER-WEEDING NEWLY-EMERGED ORGANIC MAINE CERTIFIED SEED POTATOES ON WOOD PRAIRIE FAMILY FARM. Thirty years ago we bought this Fingerweeder from a successful, retiring local Potato farmer. He had bought it brand new in 1952.

It was in the early 1950s that the State of Maine reached its peak, growing 237,000 acres of Potatoes annually. Most of those Maine Potatoes were grown up here in Aroostook County, the Maine Potato Empire.

One interesting historical note is that it was 1953 – just a year after our friend bought this new Fingerweeder – that chemical herbicides were first introduced for use in Potatoes. In other words, during those heyday decades in which the Maine Potato Empire led the nation in Potato production – growing scores of millions of tons of Potatoes – not a single drop of toxic chemical herbicide had ever been used to control weeds.

Farmer skill and innovative inventions, like this Fingerweeder, achieved weed control and got the job done back then. Today, non-chemical weed control is a continuing success story on modern Organic Farms.

Now, seventy-years-old, this sturdy Fingerweeder is still going strong with many more years of life ahead. It has helped us grow clean fields of high quality Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes over the last three decades. It paid for itself the first year.

Caleb, Megan & Jim




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